Salute row: Kerala ADGP Rishi Raj Singh gets showcause notice

Singh had kicked up a row after he did not salute the home minister when he arrived at a police function in Thrissur.

Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: July 23, 2015 1:30 am
Salute row, Kerala ADGP Salute row, Kerala government, ADGP Rishi Raj Singh, Ramesh Chennithala, Kerala news, india news, nation news ADGP Rishi Raj Singh (left) in his seat as Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala arrives at the venue.(Source: Express file photo)

The Kerala government served showcause notice to ADGP Rishi Raj Singh on Wednesday for his failure to salute Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala during a police function earlier this month. In the notice issued by the home department, Singh was asked to give an explanation for his conduct.

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Singh had kicked up a row after he did not salute the home minister when he arrived at a police function in Thrissur. While other IPS officers on the dais saluted Chennithala, Singh remained on his seat.

Later, when the issue snowballed into a controversy, Singh justified his conduct, saying that he was only a guest and was supposed to stand up only when the national anthem was sung.

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  1. K
    Jul 26, 2015 at 4:33 pm
    Dear Sir, as my knowledge men in uniform not to salute any ministers/Politicians as salute is done to the national emblem on the cap wearing by the officer. Even PM of India is also not to be saluted/gun saluted by any men in uniform. Only Honorable President and his appointed officers like Governors, military, police, collectors, and court judges to be saluted. Is it true sir? If it true ADGP Rishiraj Singh sir is not done any wrong. Dear sir please tells us all keralaites as we know salute is done not to any personalities, done to the national emblem on the head. Even men in uniform not to salute his officer if the officer not in uniform not wearing cap and the officer are in civil dress. The man has to attention to respect the officer and the officer has to respect the men. All the public/men in uniform has to respect the MP/MLA as they are public elected.
    1. R
      Jul 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm
      If it was a formal parade, the senior most commander i.e. the DG must have given a command before reporting the VIP, " Parade Sawdhan " as such evry body is supposed to be in a Sawdhan position while seating that is to extend ones arms up to knee and close fists. The officer is sitting in a ' Sitting Savdhan Position ' has to relax only when next order comes to " Aramse ". There is a little difference in the civilian and men in uniform protocols. The DG should clear whether the officer is supposed to salute the minister as per the Police Manual. The military has a foolproof code of conduct unlike some of the police officers who even touch feet of the minister while in uniform, chew paan or tobacco and even polish shoes with own handerchiefs.